Hometown: Vineland, NJ
Top 3 Issues: Helping our local industries grow by cutting red tape and spurring economic development; keeping government spending under control; helping seniors stay in their homes
Free-time activity: “In my free time, the little bit that I have, I do like to fish. I’m a recreational fisherman. I like to fish offshore, I like to fish the Back Bays.”
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Hi, I’m Matt Milam.
I’m one of your two Assemblymen in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District. I represent Cape May County, most of Cumberland County, and a portion of Atlantic County.
In 2007 I was serving on the board of the Vineland YMCA and they had a loan that they were having trouble paying off. So I reached out to then-Senator Jeff Van Drew. I told him about my concerns, and together we were able to get the bank to refinance the loan and save the Y close to half a million dollars. Little did I know that Jeff, seeing my passion for the community, would then ask me to run for the Assembly a few months later.
It was a big decision, but the way I looked at it, it was a way for me to help people, and helping people is something that I have always been passionate about. And, as a small business owner, I also thought that I could knock some common business sense into Trenton.
We won that race back in 2007 and won re-election in 2009, and 2011, but by 2013 it had become unsustainable for me to be running my family’s company and to be a state legislator at the same time. I stepped down from public office for a while. But we sold the family business in 2016 and I’m back as an Assemblyman with the chance to help people once more.
Having watched how hard it was for my mom and dad to deal with the healthcare bureaucracy near the ends of their lives, I want to improve life for our seniors. Together with my LD1 colleagues Bob Andrzejczak and Bruce Land, I’ve been able to expand a property tax freeze that will allow our seniors to retire with dignity and stay in their homes.
My dad was a Korean War Vet, and I want to honor his service by doing everything I can to help make our veterans lives better. I’m proud that we’ve been able to pass new laws providing job training and college scholarship opportunities for returning veterans and to have been named the 2019 NJ Assemblyman of the year by the NJ American Veterans.
As a father of two daughters, I want to make sure that women are treated equal to men, and so I’m especially proud that we passed the strongest equal pay protections in the country, that we restored funding for women’s healthcare services, and that women now have access to preventative services, prenatal care, and life-saving cancer screenings.
And as a small businessman, I feel passionately about helping our local industries grow. I’ve worked hard to pass legislation that helps our small businesses get more investment capital, to cut red tape, and to ensure the companies that employ the people of South Jersey have what they need to expand.
It’s been an honor to serve in the Assembly and I hope I can count on your vote. I promise to always be a strong, independent voice for South Jersey.